Angela Marie Fix of Pilot Rock pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the July 2017 death of Larry Castro, 77, at his Pilot Rock home.
The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office charged Fix with first-degree arson and second-degree manslaughter in the case. Fix has been in the county jail in Pendleton since her arrest July 16, 2017. She was due in court Monday for a settlement conference. Instead, that became a change of plea hearing.
She took a deal, according to court records, and gave no contest pleas to second-degree arson and criminally negligent homicide.
Retired Circuit Judge Paul G. Crowley of Hood River presided over the hearing. He sentenced Fix to seven-and-half years in state prison, minus the credit for her time in the local jail, in accordance with her plea petition.
On the document, which she signed Monday, Fix stated, “I am stipulating that the harm was greater than average,” which acknowledges the district attorney’s recommendation for the maximum time for negligent homicide. Fix also owes restitution of $2,401.65.
Fix remains in the county jail. Court documents state the sheriff’s office will not send Fix to prison until after Aug. 15.